John Still has explained his decision to substitute leading scorer Ibby Akanbi for defender Lewis Knight with Maidstone trailing Bath.

In a move that surprised home fans, 11-goal striker Akanbi made way for the big centre-half during the second half of their 2-0 defeat last night.

Knight went into the backline with defender Ross Marshall pushed up front alongside Justin Amaluzor.

The Stones had a striker on the bench in Ibrahim Olutade but head of football Still felt Marshall’s presence in attack could cause problems for the visitors, with Maidstone 1-0 down at the time.

Akanbi has gone six games without a goal and on Saturday ran himself into the ground as United’s nine men were beaten by Chippenham.

“We wanted to put Ross Marshall centre-forward because he can play centre-forward,” said Still.

“Ibby’s had a few games where he’s not finding spaces anywhere.”

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